The 6th International Conference on
International Relations and Development (ICIRD) 2019

A New Global Network

What’s Next of “The Turns” in
International Relations and Development

01 Introduction

ICIRD Knowledge
Network

Advocating peaceful international relations, internalized human rights and sustainable developmentin Southeast Asia through academic cooperation.

Launched in 2010, the ICIRD Knowledge Network is a platform for academic cooperation among five of Thailand’s foremost providers of research and higher education, namely the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, the Master of Arts program in International Development Studies (MAIDS), Chulalongkorn University, the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), Mahidol University, the Regional Center for Social Sciences and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Chiang Mai University and the School of Social Innovation, Mae Fah Luang University. These five institutions are loosely affiliated in a knowledge sharing network in order to establish Thailand and its universities as a venue for international scholarly exchange and academic networking among renowned scholars around the world.

The visions of the ICIRD knowledge sharing network, with a focus on the fields of International Relations, International Development Studies, and Human Rights in Southeast Asia, are:

  • A culture of open and collaborative research and knowledge sharing among scholars, practitioners and policy makers as a foundation for peaceful, democratic, sustainable, and fair societies;
  • The production of scholarly research that is reflexive, ethical and truthful by universities and research institutes within Southeast Asia towards social justice and transformative change;
  • An active, empowered and supported network of Southeast Asian scholars with a close and constructive relationship with policy makers, practitioners, and civil society.

The name of the network stems from its first joint activity is the International Conference on International Relations and Development (ICIRD).

02 Bi-Annual Conference

The International Conference on International Relations and Development (ICIRD) is one of the key activities organized within the framework of the ICIRD Knowledge Network.

The main objective of the conference is to provide a forum for debate among scholars, practitioners, civil society and community representatives on current development, international relations and human rights trends in Southeast Asia. The conference focuses on particular themes which differ from year to year.

The conference was held annually from the 1st to 4th ICIRD, and is held bi-annually started from the 5th ICIRD on a rotating basis at the Network’s partner institutions in Thailand. This year’s conference, the 6th International Conference on International Relations and Development (ICIRD 2019), will be hosted by Mae Fah Luang University on November 22-23, 2019.

03 Theme

The 6th International Conference on International Relations and Development (ICIRD) 2019 will hold the theme

"A New Global Network : What’s Next of “The Turns” in International Relations and Development”.

This theme will be elaborated into several sub-themes:

04 Sub-Themes

  • Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience: Disaster, Climate, Ecology and SDGs
  • Mobility: Human, Resources and Capital
  • Peace and Conflict, Transformation and Resistance
  • Media, Information ,Communication and Digital politics
  • Non Traditional Security
  • Governance: Public, Private and People Partnership
  • Human Rights
  • Gender, Chauvinism, Intersectionality
  • Resource grabbing
  • Green politics and green economy
  • Extremism, Ultra-Nationalism, Statism
  • Neoliberalism, Populism
  • Democracy and Authoritarianism
  • International Relations: Trans-boundary and Transnationalism
  • Great, Declined and Emerging Powers

05 Advisory Board

  1. Dr. Walden Bello (Chulalongkorn University)
  2. Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti (Chiang Mai University)
  3. Dr. Sriprapa Petcharamesree (Mahidol University)
  4. Prof. Dr. Chaiwat Satha-Anand (Thammasat University)
  5. Dr. Mari Katayanagi (Mae Fah Luang University)